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Canada Water Week (March 17-23, 2014)

Canada Water Week is a celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22. Celebrate this week in your classroom or libary with Canadian kids' books.

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Happy 180th Birthday, Toronto!

Toronto Story (cover image)

March 6, 2014 marks the 180th birthday of Toronto, Canada's largest city. Celebrate in your classroom or library with Claire Mackay's The Toronto Story, published by Annick Press.

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Black History Month 2014

February is Black History Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian books for kids and teens. Click here for a complete list.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

January 31, 2014 marks the beginning on the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year is the year of the Horse. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in your classroom or library with Canadian kids' books. Click here for a list of Canadian Chinese-themed books.

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Family Literacy Day (January 27, 2014)

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of 36 Canadian books (12 picture books, 12 works of junior/intermediate fiction and 12 works of young adult fiction) that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations. Why not celebrate this year's Family Literacy Day with one of these fine books.

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Canada's Olympic Men's Hockey Team Revealed

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are only one month away. On January 7, 2014, Canada's Olympic men's hockey team was revealed. It was only four years ago, on home soil, that our men's and women's hockey teams won gold and we're all hoping for a repeat of this next month in Sochi. Hockey has always been considered Canada's national pastime. Over the years, a number of Canadian kids' hockey books have been published. In honour of Canada's Olympic men's hockey team being revealed, celebrate in your classroom or library with a Canadian children's book.

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Quill & Quire's Books of the Year 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, Quill & Quire has picked their top five books for young people. Below are their top picks, along with their reasons for choosing these wonderful titles.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, Hanukkah is the eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Celebrated by the lighting of candles each night, it is traditionally a time for eating foods fried or baked in oil including latkes, donuts and other delicious items. This year, celebrate Hanukkah with a Canadian children's book.

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Remembering John McCrae (1872-1918)

Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the now famous poem In Flanders Fields – one of the most popular and most quoted poems from the war – while on the battlefield during WWI. The poppy has now become a symbol of remembrance most commonly worn in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Saturday, November 30, 2013 marks the 141st anniversary of McCrae's birth. Children's author Linda Granfield will be at the Guelph Civic Museum this Saturday (Nov. 30, 2pm) sharing her detective work in her search to discover more about John McCrae.

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Happy Birthday, L.M. Montgomery!

Saturday, November 30, 2013 would have marked the 139th birthday of L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. This Canadian classic has endured for over 100 years because of Anne. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley is absolutely endearing.